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Nellie's Promise (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Valerie Tripp, Dan Andreasen (Illustrator) & Susan McAliley (Illustrator)
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Pages   85
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   Pleasant Company Publications
Age  8-12
ISBN  1584858907  
EAN  9781584858904  

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After being orphaned, Nellie and her two younger sisters find hope when Samantha's family in New York City wants to adopt the girls, but when Uncle Mike shows up and threatens to ruin it all, Nellie must find a way to keep her promise to her dying mother without losing her new family.After being orphaned, Nellie and her two younger sisters find hope when Samantha's family in New York City wants to adopt the girls, but when Uncle Mike shows up, he threatens to ruin it all.

Publishers Description
Nellie O'Malley and her little sisters finally have a home. After losing their parents and having been abandoned by their uncle, they are now living in comfort and safety with her friend Samantha's family in New York City. Best of all, Samantha's Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia want to adopt all three of the O'Malley girls. This will make Nellie and Samantha sisters as well as best friends, and it will allow Nellie to keep a promise she made to her dying mother--to protect her little sisters. But when Nellie's no-good uncle, Mike O'Malley, turns up again, he threatens to take Nellie and her sisters back and ruin everything. Nellie is determined not to let that happen, but soon discovers that even her friendship with Samantha has been affected by Uncle Mike's threat. How can all the good things in her new life unravel so fast? Is there a way to keep her promise and save everything she loves the most?

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More About Valerie Tripp, Dan Andreasen & Susan McAliley

Valerie Tripp Valerie Tripp is an American author best known for her beloved American Girl historical fiction characters Felicity, Elizabeth, Josefina, Samantha, Nellie, Kit, Ruthie, Emily, and Molly. Ms. Tripp also writes poems, songs, stories, skills book pages, and nonfiction essays for educational publishers. She is the author of dozens of phonetically controlled stories at the pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade levels of The Superkids Reading Program and all of the stories in the second grade readers, "The Superkids Hit Second Grade" and "The Superkids Take Off." In addition, she is a founder and the Editorial Director of Boys Camp a series of realistic fiction books for readers aged 7 to 12, and also the author of the books in the Hopscotch Hill School series, and the Just One More series, published by Childrens Press.

Tripp became a writer because of the kind of person she is. She's curious, and writing requires you to be interested in everything. She loves to talk and writing is a way of talking on paper.

Valerie Tripp currently resides in the state of Maryland. Valerie Tripp was born in 1951.

Valerie Tripp has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Girl: Beforever

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the premiere of a fascinating new "American Girl" tradition  Sep 12, 2006
With the phenomenal success that American Girl has seen over the years, it is only natural that this incredibly executed franchise is in need of brand-new developments to keep up with demands from the general public. What began in 1986 as a simple introduction of three American Girl dolls (Kirsten, Samantha, and Molly were the ones that started it all) has since metamorphosized into a huge (and still growing!) collection of dolls, books, and outfits for both dolls and girls, among other things. Contemporary "Just Like Me" dolls were introduced a few years ago, but most recently, is Nellie O'Malley who began a rich, vibrant, and unprecedented new tradition for all American Girl fans to enjoy.

As a brand-new tactic to continue reeling in public appeal, the company has started taking the original American Girl books, manufacturing a new doll in honor of a special friend from each character's story, formulating a unique book to accompany that doll, and--perhaps best of all--bringing it all to life in a made-for-TV movie that airs in November. In 2004 they launched this idea with Samantha's servant friend-turned-adopted sister Nellie O'Malley. The year after that it was Felicity's best friend Elizabeth Cole who received a special spotlight. Now, for the 2006 holiday season, Molly will be accompanied by her English friend Emily Bennett in an all-new book and on-screen story.

Now on to "Nellie's Promise"...this was the book that was specially written and included with the Nellie doll that came out in 2004. It picks up right where Samantha's stories left off: orphaned Nellie and her two younger sisters Bridget and Jenny have been adopted by Samantha's loving Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia. Samantha is absolutely delighted to have three new sisters and a best friend living with her, and Nellie is truly grateful for the opportunities of this enriching new life, but things take a turn when her abusive Uncle Mike returns out of the blue for custody of his nieces. The strain of the situation puts a crimp in Nellie's relationship with Samantha, and when push comes to shove it is only when the girls learn to communicate and listen to one another that they learn what makes their bond so important.

I have given this book four stars instead of five because, as some other reviewers have said, it seems to lack some critical spark regarding the friendship between Nellie and Samantha. The story appears to focus more on their differences than anything else, even after they reconcile, and it leaves the reader with a feeling that these girls basically lead separate lives. It is however, a very well-written story and holds up the timeless message of all American Girl characters: love, respect, tolerance, honesty, and friendship in the most difficult times. What is especially admirable about Nellie is her self-sufficiency and refusal to feel sorry for herself as she independently copes with an issue that impacts her whole family. I enjoyed reading this story, and I look forward to seeing what is in store for Molly's tale in November. Judging from the success these books and films have found, it certainly will not be the last!
I loved this book!  Jun 20, 2006
When I got this book, I read it right away. I've read it at least three times. Nellie is living with Samantha and one day she sees her Uncle who had abandoned her and her sisters! Nellie is worried the he will come and take them away from Samantha. I loved the ending, but I'm not going to give it away!
Nellie's Promise  May 23, 2006
When I purchased both "Nellie's Promise" and "Very Funny, Elizabeth!" as reading for a road trip I was expecting to enjoy Nellie's Promise more. Surprisingly, I found it to be a very weak and unrealistic story.

American Girl has gotten into the bad habit of taking one historical element from a time period and building a story around it. In this case, it's the settlement house whose role in the story is unclear, yet somehow pivotal.

The characters are completely altered from the Samantha books. Nellie is an unemotional workaholic, while Samantha is an ice queen. These portrayals of the characters are completely wrong and make for a very confusing read.

However, the one area this book succeeds "Very Funny, Elizabeth!" in is illustrations. They are simply gorgeous. In these paintings Nellie and Samantha are recognizable as the bright, cheeky girls that they are. The colors are bright and enticing, adding life to this very flat story.

Loyal fans of Samantha will want to read this book, but fans of the other American Girls would be better off with "Very Funny, Elizabeth!"
What a promising book!  Mar 4, 2006
What a promising book! I love it! It's so... well... promising! That's why I like it. It's a book full of promises, about a girl who made a promise! And it has such a lovely time preiod! I like the turn of the century because it make's me feel like everyone was working together to make their world a better place. It's fiction, yet non-fiction at the same time! All the American Girl books are like that! Great! Read it, you'll love it!
Not the best of the American Girl books, but a good addition to the Samantha collection  Sep 4, 2005
Being a big fan of Samantha, I was excited when American Girl announced they would be adding Samantha's friend Nellie to their collection of dolls, and, of course, had to read the book that went with the Nellie doll, Nellie's Promise.
In this book, Nellie O'Malley is happy living in a safe, secure, and wealthy household with her friend, Samantha; sisters, Bridget and Jenny; and Samantha's uncle Gard and aunt Cornelia. Her life with Samantha's aunt and uncle is a far cry from her life in the past, during which she worked in a thread factory, worked as a maid, and lived in an orphanage. However, when Nellie's no-good, drunken Uncle Mike runs into Nellie on the street and threatens to take Nellie and her sisters away from Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia, Nellie isn't sure how much longer her perfect world is going to last, and she knows she needs to find a way to keep the promise she made to her late mother that she would take care of Bridget and Jenny.
I enjoyed reading this book, and found it to be a good sequel to the six books in the Samantha series. I also liked reading a book that was from Nellie's point of view, as all of the other books are more centered around Samantha. I did find it a bit unusual that Samantha said she wanted to be the first woman president of the United States, being a girl who had been brought up by a grandmother who didn't believe women should even vote, although I was interested by what another this site reviewer wrote about a woman running for president in the 1800's, which would make Samantha's ambition seem less far-fetched. A small problem I have with the book is that all of the loose ends seemed to be tied up a bit too quickly and a bit too perfectly in the end. Overall, this book was an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to fans of the American Girls who have already read the six books in the Samantha series.

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